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Monday Animated MADness- Capt America’s Got Talent!

August 21st, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

Here’s a look at some character designs I did for episode 28 of the MAD animated show on Cartoon Network, a segment called “Captain America’s Got Talent”: Sadly the only video of it online is a dubbed and poor resolution Spanish version: READ MORE

Die Deutsche MAD!

August 18th, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

Number One Son Thomas studied overseas this spring/summer is a little town names Eichstätt In Germany, about 1.5 hours northwest of Munich. The Lovely Anna and I went to visit him (I also taught a workshop in Munich while there). Germany is one of the few countries who still produces their own version of MAD, where they license the magazine and reprint a certain amount of the US material while also doing their own content, covers, etc. One of my missions was to find a copy of a German MAD while there. I failed miserably. Granted I didn’t go looking for comic book shops or… READ MORE

The MAD Show!

August 11th, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

One of the many side projects the gang at MAD has been working on lately is a live stage production called… wait for it… “The MAD Show“. As I understand it, the show is a combination improve comedy and musical, co-created by the people behind MAD Magazine and the comedy group Second City. This is not to be confused with the off-Broadway musical “The MAD show” from the 1960’s, which was written by MAD writer’s Stan Hart and Larry Siegel. The show is now in “developmental production”, which I take to mean they are doing a trial run of shows to see how it’s coming… READ MORE

Monday MADness: MAD #547 Sneak Peek #2

August 7th, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

Here’s a look at the second of my two pieces in the most recent issue of MAD. This is a two page spread called “Statements Redacted from the Comey Memos” and the writer in uncredited, meaning it was written by the MAD staff. What’s that? You want to read all the gags that surround the image? Well, lucky you! It just so happens that this issue goes onsale on news stands TOMORROW! So go on out and buy an issue, putz! READ MORE

Sunday Mailbag- Reining in Exaggeration?

August 6th, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

Q: Someone told me you hold back on the exaggerations of your caricatures in your MAD Parodies for some reason. Is that true, and if so why? A: That’s sort of true–or at least true to a certain extent. First off, I’m not really much of a “mean guy” caricaturist. I do not exaggerate features to the point of grotesqueness… my goals are seldom to push the exaggeration as far as I can. I am more about exaggerating expression than anything else. Still, without exaggeration of the features all you have is a portrait, so clearly exaggeration in some form is a crucial part of… READ MORE

MAD #547 Sneak Peek #1

August 1st, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

Here’s the spot illustration I did for the Fundalini Section of the latest MAD. You’ll just have to go out and buy the fershlugginer magazine if you want to know the context, cheapskate. Since I did this art, Sean Spicer resigned and Anthony Scaramucci was hired and fired. Who knows, by the time this gets posted online Sarah Huckabee Sanders will go missing and Scott Baio will be the new White House Press Secretary… … actually in today’s West Wing Circus, that’s more of a reasonable prediction than an absurdity. Absurdity has been cancelled until further notice. READ MORE

On the Stands: MAD #547!

July 31st, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

In subscribers mailboxes, comic books shops and via digital now, on news stands next Tuesday!!: Cover (Mark Fredrickson) Letters and Tomatoes (Ed.) The Fundalini Trumpalini Pages (Tom Richmond, Charlie Kadau & Jacob Lambert, Bob Staake, Anton Emdin, Jeff Kruse, Ed Steckley, Ward Sutton) The Fundalini Pages (Kenny Keil, John Kerschbaum, Jeff Kruse, Rick Tulka, Paul Coker, Johnny Sampson, Peter Kuper, Ray Alma, J.C. Duffy, Kevin Pope, Scott Maiko, Samuel Ferri) A MAD Look at Wonder Woman (Sergio Aragonés, Colorist: Jim Campbell) Statements Redacted from the Comey Memos (Artist: Tom Richmond) Signs That American Entitlement has Gone Too Far (Teresa Burns Parkhurst) Spy vs. Spy (Peter… READ MORE

Monday MADness: X2!

July 10th, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

This week’s Monday MADness is a look at the complete art for MAD’s parody of “X2” written by Desmond Devlin, from MAD #430, June 2003. This parody was done during a period of time where MAD was trying to get their movie spoof on the newsstands at the same time the film came out, meaning we worked from leaked advanced scripts and did everythign prior to the film’s release. In the case of this movie, they reshot the ending after reaction from audience previews, and as a result we got the ending wrong!: READ MORE

Monday MADness- Queer Eye!

July 3rd, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

This week’s Monday MADness is a look at the first collaboration between me and my fellow creator on “Goodnight Batcave” MAD editor Dave Croatto. It’s a parody of the TV show “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” from MAD #443, July 2004. READ MORE

Bill Morrison Announced as New MAD Editor!

June 26th, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

Oh, ye of little faith. A week or so back I posted about the uncertainty of MAD‘s future since basically none of the current longtime staff of editors and art directors were moving out west with the closing of MAD‘s NYC based offices. My post was mostly about the fact that DC Entertainment has given no one any idea of their plans or who might be taking the helm of the magazine. I got a number of responses on my Facebook page basically sounding the death knell of MAD, to which I replied: “I think it’s a little too early to be writing MAD‘s epitaph.… READ MORE

History of an Idiot

June 20th, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

I do a few comic-cons every year, and I never fail to get this question posed to me at some point during the show: Who created Alfred E. Neumen? That’s a question that has no certain answer, but a lot of interesting history. An ad for dentistry, circa 1910 Pictures like the ones above have been cropping up since MAD first adopted the image of the smiling, idiotic boy who would eventually be known as Alfred E. Neuman. The true origins of MAD‘s ‘mascot’, will probably never be known for certain. Images of the grinning, gap toothed boy have been a part of American pictorial… READ MORE

Monday MADness- America’s Most Wanted!

June 19th, 2017 | Posted in MAD Magazine

Here’s a look at one of my earliest TV parodies for MAD, “America’s Most Wanted” written by Dick DeBartolo from MAD #414, Feb 2002. READ MORE

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